Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker


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Publisher: Penguin Group
Product ID: 414986


The original stories behind everyone’s favorite Christmas ballet

It wasn’t until the 1950s that seeing The Nutcracker at Christmastime became an American tradition. But the story itself is much older and its original intent more complex. This eye-opening new volume presents two of the tale’s earliest versions, both in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Nutcracker and Mouse King (1816), in which a young girl is whisked away to the Land of Toys to help her animated nutcracker defeat the Mouse King, and Alexandre Dumas’s 1845 adaptation, The Tale of the Nutcracker, based on Hoffmann’s popular work. Irresistible tales of magic, mystery, and childhood adventure, these timeless delights and fresh interpretations about the importance of imagination will captivate readers of all ages.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

ISBN: 9780143104834
Publisher: Penguin Group
Pub Date: 10/2007
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.34lbs
Size: 7.76h x 5.18w x 0.49d

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Weight 0.34 lbs
Dimensions 7.76 × 5.18 × 0.49 in